“My love of wine happened organically while in Napa Valley for training camp when I was playing for the Oakland Raiders early in my career. There I developed a great appreciation for wine and the people around it. As my career went along, more of us players started getting into wine. On road trips, we would bring bottles and break bread together. It was an experience that bonded us. That’s one of the many ways I began to see the overlaps between wine and football.
When you watch a game on Sunday, you just see the final output of all the time us players put in the week before, maybe even the summer before. It’s the same with wine. You buy a bottle of wine, you open it, you drink it, and, hopefully, you’re satisfied with what you’re getting. You get to enjoy the final product, but don’t necessarily see all the work that went into it. The weather, the terroir, the blending – and everything else that affects that bottle. There are many pitfalls that can get in your way and potentially spoil everything you have worked so hard for!
I approach wine just like athletics: You can bruise your hip, or dislocate your shoulder, but you’ve still got to pull through on Sundays. You’ve still got to deliver world-class wines each vintage, and that’s where you truly understand there’s no substitute for hard work.
I created Intercept as a thank you to my fans. I wanted to give them high quality wine at an affordable price because they deserve it. The name ‘Intercept’ is a nod to my career, but also a reminder that during every moment of your life, the possibilities are wide open. You just have to go get it.”
-Charles Woodson – 18-year NFL vet, 65 career interceptions, and lover of wine SHOP INTERCEPT WINES
INTERCEPT CHARDONNAY, MONTEREY CO, 2019
2019 Intercept Chardonnay is medium-bodied with notes of spiced apples, citrus, and biscuit. Rich from barrel fermentation and sur lie aging, the wine has bright acidity with a lingering toasty oak finish. Pairs well with seafood (salmon, crab, octopus), roasted chicken, and fresh summer salads.
INTERCEPT PINOT NOIR, MONTEREY CO, 2018
Intercept Pinot Noir is garnet in color, with aromas of strawberry, pastry cream, and nutmeg. This wine is medium-bodied with dusty fine-grained tannins and a long juicy finish. Enjoy with grilled salmon, braised duck, or stuffed Portobello mushrooms.
$19.99 in our PINOT NOIR section
INTERCEPT CABERNET SAUVIGNON, LODI, 2018
The intense dark ruby red color of Intercept cabernet sauvignon is reflective of this full-bodied, flavorful wine. The core of black currant and hints of cedar and spice along with cocoa aromas echoed by rich persistent flavors of plush ripe fruit, dark chocolate, and anise are all supported by balanced rich velvety tannins. Pair with anything off the grill; steaks, braised short ribs, and lamb chops.
$19.99 in our CABERNET section